NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

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Sachlaw
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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Sachlaw » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:20 pm

@DanPa

Which one did you pull the trigger on? G or D.
I am about to order another to tune it to C. I hope these continue to catch on. An Ab (if they ever make other keys) is on my Christmas list for sure.

On a "getting to know the harp note:"

If you went with the G harp, check out this track:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0rkJ3tb17o

If you went with D, check out this track:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kFKc8t8N1Q&t=55s

This will let you cycle the breath pattern through the 7 modes of the harp.

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Ed Coogan » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:09 pm

I just got my Lucky 13 in G power chrom. It suits me well.
here's a youtube playing in 7 keys.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNHqFq0F0e4
If you have some time and interest, check it out.
Thanks
-Ed Coogan, Gainesville Fl

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by DanPa » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:54 pm

@sachlaw - went for the D in the end, am awaiting delivery :D :D :D

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Brendan » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:54 am

Thanks for making the video, Ed - good to hear you getting around chromatically on that thing :-)

Re. requests for an Ab PowerChromatic: for now the official versions are just D and G until we see how demand develops. However, for those who want them, the regular harps can be easily retuned to other keys or related tunings (eg. Diminished or Bebop).

For USA players who prefer not to to the work themselves, I have a couple of Lucky 13 Recommended Customisers who can do the retuning quickly and for a reasonable cost: Burke Trieschmann and Gary Lehmann. You can find their contacts here:

http://www.brendan-power.com/lucky13.ph ... dRepairers

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Lizzy » Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:41 pm

The PowerChromatic tuning was a nice surprise to me. After have played with it a few hours with a couple of different scales it now flows very easy when improvising. Only one semitone bend on each hole also simplifies it. I have only played with Seydel soloist pro 12 for now (embossed and now valved) but are also waiting to test Lucky 13 in D and G. Thank you for your tunings Brendan!

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Sachlaw » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:59 pm

@Lizzy.
Did you get you PC in the key of C?

I tuned my G to C weekend before last, as I wanted to play to take licks I casually play on a all C powerbender octaves and dupe them to the PC pattern. It has proven to be a great way to learn the way around the PC.

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Lizzy » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:08 pm

Yes Sachlaw, i have Soloist pro 12 in C. I have often C as a orientation point because of my weak theory mind...lol
And i now also frequently compare it with my powerbender tuning and tranfer my solos and scales to powerchromatic. However, i have not looked at Lucky 13 yet to compare it with Soloist pro regarding blow/draw pattern.

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Sachlaw » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:11 pm

Lizzy wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:08 pm
However, i have not looked at Lucky 13 yet to compare it with Soloist pro regarding blow/draw pattern.
OOTB the LKY13PC is going to start with the one hole blow in the stamped key.

On the Lucky 13, if you take the G major (PC) and lower the E, F#, G, and A to D, E, F, and G, you will have a C tuned with your C on the 3 blow. The harp itself starts on 1 blow with F. For the purposes of playing G Mixolydian, 2nd position stuff, etc, it is great, as you have three tonic draws in G, which make for nice fat octaves. When I sit in with people, they call G as a key quite often, and most of my accompianment is taking advantage of the G Mixolydian mode and/or G blues scale. It seems to work well with thier Country/Texas music style.

In terms of blow pattern on the above-referenced setup in C, if you start from the one hole, the pattern is F Lydian. In practice your ear will pick up where you need to be if you are jumping between one that is OOTB tuned for PC and one you have retuned in a different key, but still in PC.

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Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Post by Lizzy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:59 am

A good tip and i have no problem to use soldering...thanks! :) I have not yet decided what i want to do with my Lucky 13 in G. Are still waiting for them to arrive. My Lucky 13 in D have just arrived but i prefer it higher. The two first holes are hardly bendable and i like to use all bends.
With PC i have again gained my missing octaves since i started to play with PB. But right now i feel that i have the best of two worlds with both PC and PB.

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